Fortuna Racing’s Two Year Old Filly RUBICON CROSSING wins on debut Wanganui Jockey Club 3rd September

Sent to the races without a public trial Two Year Old Filly RUBICON CROSSING (Rubick – Miss Foxwood) repaid the faith her connections had in her by producing a professional winning effort on debut in the very first Two Year Old event of the new season, The Dave Hoskin Carriers Maiden 2YO over 800 metres. Drawn nicely in Barrier 3, rider Lisa Allpress soon had her under way and in the lead. Turning for home clear of challengers “Cube”, as she is known around the stable, set sail for the winning post but the challengers were coming and she had to withstand a stern challenge by Illicit Dreams in the closing stages, but went to the line with a long head margin.

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Te Akau Trainer Mark Walker was not on course, being at Riccarton to supervise his team of runners at that venue, but was  nevertheless glued to the screen to watch the Wanganui race. Post race he said, “That was a pretty good effort by this Filly, she has always shown us a lot at home and although she had not been to the trials, she had gone well against the older horses in her jump outs and I thought it was worth a throw at the stumps to send her to this race – she was well ridden by Lisa and big congrats to John Galvin and his Fortuna Racing Owners – they are great people to train for and have a very strong team of runners in the Stable for the upcoming season.”

RUBICON CROSSING – Wins on debut – Wanganui 3rd September 2022 – Lisa Allpress aboard

Fortuna Racing Principal John Galvin, watching from his Hamilton home was a happy man after the race, “That’s the earliest two-year-old ever, for Fortuna Racing and it’s nice to come out and win on debut,” he said. “She’s a filly that we thought we stole at the Magic Millions Sale in January, after identifying a couple of yearlings that we thought could be under the radar. She was a standout, physically. We set a budget and fortuitously she came in at budget, and since then hasn’t put a foot wrong. Full kudos to Mark Walker for setting her for this race – he was confident she could race well, despite not having had a trial and so it proved. She was well rated by Lisa, it was a bit heart-stopping in the last few strides, but she got the lollies in the end. Well done to her Syndicate Members, it is a big group with a lot of long time Fortuna stalwarts in it but also a nice sprinkling of new clients as well”

Rubicon Crossing was acquired by David Ellis and Fortuna Racing for A$120k at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January 2022, after being identified by Mark Walker as a Filly with a deep pedigree and a strong physical type. She is  owned by the Fortuna Rubicon Crossing Syndicate, an Ownership Group comprising 51 individuals, mostly from New Zealand but also from Australia and the USA